Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — October 4, 2004


ALBANY - Philip A. Teel, sector vice president for Northrop Grumman on Long Island, has been elected chairman of The Business Council of New York State for the next 12 months. Linda Sanford, a senior vice president of IBM, has been elected vice chair of The Business Council, and is in line to succeed Teel as chair next year.

Paul S. Speranza Jr., senior vice president, secretary, and general counsel for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., has been re-elected vice chair for finance.

In addition, the Board of Directors of The Business Council has elected four other business leaders to terms on the board, and has re-elected 19 others. In addition, the Council's Board has re-elected three members to the Board of Trustees of the Council's research affiliate, the Public Policy Institute of New York State.

The elections took place Wednesday, September 22, at The Business Council's Annual Meeting in Bolton Landing, Warren County.

The top board officers of The Business Council are:

The Council's new directors are:

The 19 re-elected members of The Business Council's Board re:

The re-elected trustees of The Public Policy Institute are:

The Business Council is New York's largest broad-based business group, representing some 3,500 member companies large and small across the state. The members of The Business Council represent well over one million employees in all regions of the state and in all sectors of the economy. Based in Albany, The Council lobbies for a better business climate and offers cost-cutting services to its members.

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